Devotions – Page 3 – Jessica Hurtado

Devotions

What Do You Model?

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 ESV)   What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word training? Is it a Power Point Presentation, a set of weights, running, a laptop, throwing a ball around? The word training can trigger different views of what it represents, but notice none of these are in reference to ethics, values, core believes, etc. If we look at the scripture, we can see it is not referring to an occupation or a...

Our Inner Battle

“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want...

Paid in Full

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 ESV The prophet Isaiah is speaking about the mandate that Jesus will carry out for humanity. There are several words in this scripture worth noting. Bear with me as I define each word to really grasp what the prophet Isaiah was giving us insight to. In Hebrew, to pierce means to slain and in Greek it means to prick violently. Transgressions represent a violation of a law; a wrong-doing....

Leave Anxiety Behind

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7 NLT This scripture starts with a direction of something we shouldn’t do. Paul is exhorting believers to not be anxious about anything. Anxiety is not a tangible thing we can see, but the effects are evident in our lives. The silent war that rages throughout the day, that plagues us by night, that shows up at...

The Good Portion

“But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her’” Luke 10:41-42 ESV Have you ever felt anxious or troubled about things going on in your life? A strained friendship, a struggling marriage, expectations at home or work, the pressure of passing your classes, more bills than money, the responsibilities of being a parent, a wife, a husband, a brother, a sister, or friend. We can all be troubled and anxious about many things in this...